The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation's technological progress and achievement.

The USPTO advises the president of the United States, the secretary of commerce, and U.S. government agencies on intellectual property (IP) policy, protection, and enforcement; and promotes the stronger and more effective IP protection around the world. The USPTO furthers effective IP protection for U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide by working with other agencies to secure strong IP provisions in free trade and other international agreements. It also provides training, education, and capacity building programs designed to foster respect for IP and encourage the development of strong IP enforcement regimes by U.S. trading partners.

Upcoming Events

December 18, 2019

The Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional USPTO hosts an interactive, rotating three-part series on the patent process, resource navigation, and patent searching every third Wednesday of each month. Part One: Patent Process — October 16, 2019 Part Two: Types of Patent Applications and How to File —...

January 8, 2020

Join us for an interactive Q&A session with the USPTO's Trademark Experts. This month's presentation will cover navigating the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS), the Identification of Goods and Services Manual, and the maintaining of federal trademark registrations. Make sure to bring your...

January 9, 2020

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Andrei Iancu will present on "Catalyzing Innovation in Texas" at the 2020 Annual Conference for the Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas (TAMEST), which is open...

January 15, 2020

Attend an interactive Q&A session with patent experts at the USPTO's Texas Regional Office (TXRO). The TXRO will continue its five-class curriculum on patents: Class one is an overview of intellectual property with a focus on patents, EFS-Web, and USPTO resources Class two covers key aspects of...

January 28, 2020

If you are a patent attorney or agent, it helps to think like an examiner. Get a better understanding of how examiners makes decisions at the Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and Procedure (STEPP) agent attorney three day course. The USPTO is applying for CLE credit in Florida for this...

February 2, 2020

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu will provide a keynote speech on February 2, 2020, at the Billionaire Weekend for Women in Austin, Texas. The weekend is designed to power the vision of founder Ingrid Vanderveldt...

February 5, 2020

At the State Bar of Texas's upcoming Advanced Intellectual Property Law course and annual meeting, Texas Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Hope Shimabuku will present on "Women in IP Law: A Look into Diversity and Inventorship" on February 6, 2020. A ssistant Texas regional director...

February 5, 2020

Join us at the Texas Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) where we will host an interactive Q&A session with trademark experts from the USPTO's Trademark Assistance Center. This presentation will cover topics including navigating the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS),...

February 11, 2020

Want to be briefed on recent examination practice and procedure guidance on examination of ranges? Attend an interactive Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) course featuring recent training delivered to experienced USPTO examiners. The USPTO is applying for CLE credit in Virginia for this course....

February 12, 2020

Want to be briefed on recent examination practice and procedure guidance on examination of ranges? Attend an interactive Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) course featuring recent training delivered to experienced USPTO examiners. The USPTO is applying for CLE credit in Virginia for this course....

News & Updates

National Patent Application Drafting Competition sign-up closing Dec. 15

Competitors can sign up for the 2020 National Patent Application Drafting Competition until December 15, 2019. This competition introduces law students to U.S. patent law issues and develops their patent application drafting, amending, and prosecuting skills. Student teams will be given a...

U.S. and Brazil implement expanded PPH agreement

On December 1, 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and Brazil’s National Institute for Industrial Property (INPI) put into effect a new Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreement that significantly expands on a prior agreement, allowing for applications for more industries...

Consolidated Trial Practice Guide, November 2019

In November 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published a second edition of the America Invents Act (AIA) Trial Practice Guide (Practice Guide) to incorporate the Practice Guide updates released in August 2018 and July 2019 into the original August 2012 Practice Guide. The second...

Safeguarding attorney information from improper use in trademark filings

To help the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) maintain the integrity of the trademark filing process, we recommend that attorneys proactively monitor our database for trademark filings that use their names, signatures, and contact information without their knowledge or consent. We’re...

Update on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today provided notice of an update to the 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance (2019 PEG). The October 2019 Update responds to public comments regarding the 2019 PEG. The update does not change the 2019 PEG, but provides...

USPTO seeks nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before July 12,...

Henry “Jamie” Holcombe appointed chief information officer

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Henry “Jamie” Holcombe as the agency’s Chief Information Officer. Holcombe’s first full day in his new role will be Monday, February 25, 2019. Holcombe joins the USPTO after more than 20 years of...

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office releases new report on trends and characteristics of U.S. women inventors

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today released “ Progress and Potential: A profile of women inventors on U.S. patents ,” a report on the trends and characteristics of U.S. women inventors named on U.S. patents granted from 1976 through 2016. The report issued by...

United States moves up in international rankings for patent protection

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) ranked the United States in second place for Patents, Related Rights, and Limitations in its 2019 International IP Index, reflecting a significant improvement in patent protection policy. In addition, this year...

U.S. ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) welcomed the recent ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty, which allows limited copyright exceptions for the reproduction of published works in formats accessible to the blind and visually impaired. President Donald J. Trump signed...